Rough notes from Xarabank – while watching streaming.
1. Mario Mallia and Louis Galea – a proper pre-electoral discussion. Discussing professionally entrance exams and the future. You can see a minister and a potential junior minister collaborating with proper aims.
2. Karm Abela (Labour) – fluffing his way about “reception class”. Notwithstanding Peppi’s pressure, the Labour candidate (potential future minister) avoids the question from start to end. Labour Manifesto talks about “inwettqu” – putting into place something without wanting to explain what it is he wants to put into place. Dak li inwieghdu inwettqu – what they promise is a box of enigmas.
3. Is reception class an extra year? No answer. So long as they can mudsling about gonzipn and play the crowd they do not feel obliged to answer concretely. Intellectual engagement?
Waqfa Qasira: Galea 1 – Mallia 1 – Abela 0 (risking minus)
4. Janice Chetcuti (Zejtun PN candidate) Interesting. Found it difficult to criticise without throwing in spin like “arroganti”.With a bit of calm and no need for insult she might have got a stronger message through.
5. Abela “Partiggjan. Giddieb. Gonzipn”. Lovely.
6. Everyone agrees with Mario. Abela, Galea… Mario for education minister?
(Discussion is interesting and Peppi manages not to intervene much. Not much partisan talk until now, barring the MLP jibes at Gonzipn. Good discussion. Allows voter with education priorities to assess manifestos).
7. Caroline (PN cadidate) Asks if MLP’s only suggestion is “reception school”. Lapses into the Labour part regarding numerus clausus, 20 punt etc. Abela claims loudly “It’s not true”. Someone hand Abela a history book. Caroline then shifts to describe the wonderful state of our education. You expect her to stand up and start singing “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Education.” Back to the drawing book.
8. AN guy finally speaks. His benchmark is the UK Tory party. Agrees with spirit of Labour proposal. Concentrates on literacy and numeracy skills. Too many bricks and mortar and buildings. We need to concentrate on subjects.
9. Mario Mallia. Agrees that education is not best discussed pre-election. Agrees we have a problem with literacy and that we need an early intervention. Clarification comment: Electoral obligations should not force one party to throw away a proposal of another party. Tells PN to consider the “reception class” proposal. Tells MLP that just throwing an idea without explaining and discussing it in context is just as bad. Personal opinion: the guy rocks. Until now he wins my vote.
Another pause. Galea 1 – Mallia 3 . Abela 0. (yes, I am biased. Biased by the content of the discussion.)
Education discussion over.